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JONJO BRIGHT - THE STRENGTH OF A TRUE RACING CHAMPION Whether you think you can or can't do something, either way you are going to be right” is the inspirational mindset of jockey Jonjo Bright, who was left paralyzed from the neck down following a horse racing accident in March 2013. Born on December 19th, 1993, in Templepatrick, Co Antrim Bright was a promising jockey described by racing pundits as “destined for big things, as he had the right attitude”. Unquestionably, Bright’s family life surrounded horse racing as his dad John, an exceptional rider in his own right became the Northern Point-to-Point champion in 1993, with his mum Jayne winning the Novice Championship the same year. Meanwhile, his uncle Robert Patton was champion in 1999, and Grandfather, William Patton rode numerous notable winners back in the 1960s. So ultimately his participation in the sport was never really in any doubt. Arriving at the Tyrella Point-to-Point course in Co Down his luck seemed to be in as fellow jockey Connor McGuinness had been booked to ride the well fancied Cally Bridge in the novice race but, at the last moment, switched to Bettys Rascal, thinking it would be better suited to the hard going that day. Apparently, Bright was in the right place at the right time. Shortly before the race, trainer Bernard Caldwell asked Jonjo who he had never met before to take the ride. On hazardously fast ground and jumping fences which had been freshly rebirched, it was not an ideal scenario for novice horses. Coming to the third fence on the second circuit, Jonjo knew he was in serious trouble as his mount went completely wrong, and the horse and jockey took a horrific fall expressed as “absolutely horrifying to watch”. Bright dislocated his C3 & C4 vertebrae, the disc between them destroyed. He was rapidly taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where, that evening, Niall Eames, a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon, operated on him. Jonjo’s life had been

saved but due to the extent of his injuries he was left paralysed from the neck down and told there would be no recovery. Bright has been hailed as a hero, and an absolute role model for his inspirational outlook and determination following his life-changing incident, and has never given up hope in a recovery, “Taking one day at a time is the only way forward” insists Bight. Jonjo has recently embarked on an exercise regime and has regained movement in his arms, limited power in his legs and can wiggle his toes. He has also been able to take thousands of steps with the help of a powered exoskeleton suit, which he describes as a "wearable robot" that he is strapped into during his training regime. “Refusing to think negative thoughts or to accept doctors' diagnosis have helped my efforts to recover, I wasn't listening to them", adds Bright.


JONJO BRIGHT - THE STRENGTH OF A TRUE RACING CHAMPION The big question on most people’s mind would be how did someone so young cope with the life changing accident to which Bright quickly responded, “I got through the early days by taking one day at a time and never looking too far into the future. I also developed a great ability to blank out negativity and learned to thrive off anything positive I could find”. In Jonjo’s untimely short career in the saddle there were plenty of memorable times though he reminisces the most enjoyable times were working behind the scenes for the likes of Colin McKeever, Wilson Dennison and Warren Ewing, “I was involved with high class horses such as Blacklion, Shaneshill, Briarhill and Sound Investment. I've really enjoyed watching horses like these go on and achieve what they have” adds Bright. The chances of returning to the saddle are realistically impossible but Bright has insisted he would like to eventually work in the industry once more perhaps in a bloodstock role, “I have two yearlings at the minute, one by Fame and Glory and the other by Imperial Monarch. Both are turning into lovely animals and I plan to take both back to the sales as 3-year-olds. I would take great pride should any of these go on to be successful and I think this is a big reason why this appeals to me” expressed Bright. Bright has been monumentally supported since his accident by the racing fraternity, especially by

The Injured Jockey's Fund which have been colossal help since his life changing injury, as they continue to go the extra mile to ensure he has everything he requires in his road to recovery and he is determined to make the most out of any given opportunity. Jonjo also has the immense support of his long-term girlfriend Reah Magee. He told her to move on with her life and to forget about him after the accident, but she bluntly refused, and they are still together to this day and if anything, the couple have gotten stronger. Positivity is infrequently seen in one so injured, but strong-minded Bright keeps striving to see the good in every challenging thing which affects his life, “I've always been the type to see light at the end of the tunnel” insists Bright. Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow, you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness. Jonjo Bright has been down an extremely difficult road, but he is still smiling and looking forward to the future, unquestionably “A true champion” who we will be hearing plenty more about in the forthcoming years



I was confident enough I’d got there without wanting to be too confident” insisted jockey Paul Townend after being successful with Total Recall in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury. formerly known as the Hennessy Gold Cup. Numerous horses have landed the Ladbrokes Trophy on their way to Cheltenham Gold Cup glory and it is a path Total Recall is anticipated take after his hard-fought success. Having travelled ominously well into the race, the well-backed 9-2 favourite was forced to pull out all the stops before overhauling Whisper in the dying strides, prevailing by the minimal margin to become the first Irish-trained winner since Bright Highway in 1980. Mullins, whose Be My Royal was disqualified from first place in 2002 after testing positive for a banned substance caused by contaminated food, said: “The horse was very cool, and Paul was very cool. We all thought he was going well until the second-last and it fell apart a bit. “It is a race that any jumps trainer wants to win. It’s a fantastic race and we have just got to hold on to it this time. It (Be My Royal) was very disappointing at the time, but hopefully that is laid to rest. “I’d like to compliment Sandra Hughes (previous trainer), who brought this horse on in the style of her father (the late Dessie Hughes) and minded him while he was young horse. “We will look at more handicaps, but we will have to look if he is better than that. We will let him get over this and recover. “He will definitely get an entry in the Gold Cup after that run. I imagine the entries will close before he runs again.” While the winning Jockey Townend believes he will need to improve again if he is to contest the Gold Cup – for which he was given a 20-1 quote by Ladbrokes – he feels that is distinctly possible. Townend, who picked up a four-day whip ban for his efforts, said: “”I thought I’d thrown it away when I let him pop the second-last and let the other horse go across him, but he’s as tough as old boots. “He’d had to improve a lot again I’d imagine to be a Gold Cup horse, but he’s doing nothing wrong.”


THE LEGENDRY ARKLE - JAMIE LINDSEY’S TRIBUTE TO THE SUPERSTAR The journey of one of the most famous figures ever seen in Irish sport began at Ballymacoll Stud in County Meath on April 19th, 1957. Even still 60 years later Arkle is revered to as an Irish sporting legend, he is regarded in the same breath as the likes of Vincent O’Brien, Nijinsky & Jockey Pat Eddery. Trainer Jim Dreaper was the man chosen to guide Arkle through his racing career. His first season on the racecourse went well, Arkle lost his first two starts in Bumpers, Instant improvement was seen when he raced over hurdles and won at Navan in January 1962. Jim Dreaper decided to take his wonder horse over the Irish sea to Cheltenham, where he would soon become a cult figure. Arkle started as favourite for the Honeybourne Chase and he romped home by 20 lengths. After another impressive win in Ireland it was back to Cheltenham for the festival. Another 20 lengths in what is now known as the RSA Chase set Arkle on the road to the Gold Cup the following season. There were four more races in Ireland in 1963: Arkle started as odds-on favourite in all of them, and won all four.

National under Pat Taaffe. Arkle started the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the first time. There were only four entrants, and Arkle beat Mill House by five lengths.

Further big race wins to come included the King George at Kempton and back to back victories in the Hennessey Gold Cup at Newbury. Perhaps one of Arkle’s greatest wins was when he lined up for the Gallagher Gold Cup and had to concede 16lbs to his great rival Mill House. Despite carrying all that weight he smashed the track record by 17 seconds Although there was a setback at Newbury in the it was something that will probably never be seen Hennessy Gold Cup in November, when Arkle again. More Gold Cup glory was to follow for slipped at the 19th fence and ended up third, behind Dreaper and Arkle in 1965 and 1966, by then the Mill House and Happy Spring. Mill House — “The people of Ireland had come to know Arkle as Big Horse” loomed large again in 1964 when, after “himself” and he was now the biggest name in Irish three more wins in Ireland including a stunning sport at the time. It was on a cloudy day at Kempton weight carrying performance in the Irish Grand that the great Arkle stepped foot on the racecourse, in the 1966 King George VI Chase he struck a guard rail and broke a bone, even though he has sustained an injury he still managed to finish second. After spending four months in a plaster it was decided that Arkle would go into retirement. Pat Taaffe was the lucky jockey who got to throw his leg over this truly remarkable horse. It is very unlikely that any jockey will ride a horse with a Timeform rating of 212! The highest rating ever given to a Steeplechaser. So, you see, still sixty years since his birth we are still telling tales of Arkle. That was how big an impact he left on the sport of Horse Racing.


NEIL WATSON MONTHLY - CHRISTMAS HORSE RACING THOUGHTS AND VIEWS Christmas at Watson Towers is nowadays a rather quiet affair than it used to be, what with the loss of family members through one thing or another means that come the 25th when Santa has put his feet up from doing the night shift and the reindeer have been put back into the paddocks before resuming training come late summer then the Watson Family Christmas which is a mere three runner affair gets going.

demolition job winner Thistlecrack are famous steeplechasing legends whose names have been added to the list of popular winners but Kauto Star is without a doubt the one horse who made the race his own by winning it a record five times, some achievement and one that will take some doing for it to ever be eclipsed.

At the turn of 2017 the racing community was shocked at the news that Kempton could close to be made way for a huge housing development and the race could potentially be moved to next door neighbour Sandown, like a lot of people I was horrified at such a thought, I've only been to Kempton once due to the fact I live in the One thing has always stood out though from a racing north and personally I think it's a lovely course that point of view and that is Boxing Day. deserves far more patronage than it gets, Ok I wasn't in favour of the all weather being put in as the old Jubilee For many fans of the turf Christmas is a real mix of course was a wonderful stretch of turf but sometimes things, for me after I begin my walk through the Haydock changes have to be made if it's believed to be for the car park after the last race at the pre Christmas meeting better. (providing its on in which case it's more than likely a football match somewhere) in almost total darkness and If Kempton is to be read the last rites in the next few its not even 4 o'clock by then, I start to get even more years then I hope people get to the venue as much as excited at what's to come. they can and show their support for what is one of the fairest and probably most under appreciated courses in Tradition is an important thing in our house, my brother British racing, I miss the old days when Channel 4 would who does the cooking likes to be up early on Christmas show Bank Holiday Monday racing from Kempton with Day at about 7.30 so he can get the oven ready for the its old races like the Jubilee Handicap and their old early next turkey crown and have a little bit of peace before season Classic trials, I don't think people will realise just the opening of the presents, the big Christmas dinner how much we would miss this track if the bulldozers followed by the usual stuff like the Queens Speech, Top were to get given the go ahead. Of The Pops, Doctor Who then into the late evening telly. Boxing Day for sports fans is one the big highlights of the whole year, after being cooped up indoors for what If you're a racing fan then come around 7pm or this year can seem like the whole year condensed into one day just after the Doctor has regenerated then all attentions it's good to get out into the open air even if it's for a short will slowly be focused on one thing and one thing only, stroll to the local betting shop and the Boxing Day bets Who will win the King George? on before returning home, making a few sandwiches from the leftover turkey, crack open a beer or pop the This traditional Christmas Classic is the centre piece of kettle on then settling down for a few hours watching the the festive period in the racing world, added with extras racing followed by a quick flick of the channels for the like the Christmas Hurdle and the stamina sapping Boxing Day football scores come 4pm. Welsh National in which the horses seems to cover more miles than Rudolph always make for huge stories and My plans all being well will be Haydock on the 23rd finishes. December then back again on the 30th and in-between that lots more and to pack in as much fun as Santa can People of a certain age like myself will have been fill his sleigh with goodies. mesmerised by the beautiful sight of the late great Desert Orchid who leapt around Kempton like he truly So as the countdown continues to the big day may I owned the place and no doubt paid for many peoples take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry festivities over the years, One Man was another grey Christmas and have a great 2018 with hopefully who oddly won two running's of the race in the same plenty of winners along the way. year but at different courses in Sandown and Kempton when Jack Frost got in the way and caused a postponement. Since the millennium horses like Best Mate, Kicking King, Cue Card,Silviniaco Conti and last years

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“If it ever came up soft in Aintree he Gordon Elliott landed the €100,000 Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase for could be an English National horse." the fourth successive year as Mala Insists trainer Gordon Elliott Beach took the latest renewal of the prestigious three-mile event at Navan. Elliott said, "In fairness he is threatening to win a big race a long time. Simon (McGonagle) my head man rides him out every day at home and he had full confidence in him today. He said he'd love the ground and he thought he would go close. It hasn't been easy, it has been a long road and he's done alot of swimming. Davy Russell sent the 12/1 chance, twice a Grade 2 winner in the past over hurdles but off the course for over 18 months before making a promising reappearance at Galway last month, past his full-sister Bonny Kate at the second last fence. The Chris Jones-owned son of Beneficial stayed on strongly on the run-in to repel Don’t Tell No One by two and three-quarter lengths, with Bonny Kate another eight lengths behind in third. The winners’ stablemate Poormans Hill was another half a length back in fourth with Tesseract in fifth. Acapella Bourgeois was sent off the red-hot 7/4 favourite on his first outing for Willie Mullins and, after making a bad mistake at the fifth fence, failed to get his landing gear out when falling at the seventh.


JAMIE LINDSEY - IRISH HORSE RACING TO THE FINANCAL RESCUE The sport of king’s horse racing is one of, if not the biggest generator of money to be put back into the local economy. The industry in Ireland itself makes the economy around a billion Euros every year. Let’s not forget of the financial strain that affect the Irish economy & elsewhere in 2008, with other sports and organizations in decline due to the financial crisis, it was our beloved sport of horse racing, and the breeding sector that helped to just about keep the Irish government up and running. Every penny was worth gold dust to the government in Dublin, so the fact that the near one billion Euros made by the racing sector was massively important and underlined the Irish people’s love of the sport and how much they get behind it. With big meetings like the Punchestown Festival, Irish Derby & Champions Weekend, bringing in big sponsorship and racing fans from outside the emerald isle. Companies like Dubai Duty free, a big chain of duty free shops in airports around the world have sponsored the Irish Derby for the past number of years. And have also put their weight behind some other Irish sporting events, helping to raise publicity and entice people from abroad to come and visit. Of course, the millions that studs like Coolmore and Kildangan for example make have played a big part in making money for the economy. With VAT applied it all adds up to a very healthy-looking sum. Betting also plays a big part in it with some racing enthusiasts looking to take a punt with large sums of cash. The rise of online betting has made it even more attractive to have a punt or two. No other sport in this part of the world generates anywhere near that kind of money. So, the local councils & governments should be very thankful to have it.



Michael O’Leary’s racing operation have been lucky enough to own some great champions down the years, Gold cup winners War of Attrition and Don Cossack, as well as 2016 Grand National Winner Rule the World. The vibe from everyone connected with Gigginstown and Gordon Elliott’s yard suggests that novice hurdler Samcro is a bit special. So far, he has proved his connections right, with five wins out of five. His latest win last Sunday at Navan was his most impressive to date and his first graded win. He makes it look very easy and the reason for that? A high cruising gear and great power from his hind legs. His trainer Gordon Elliott has stated that 2 ½ miles will be Samcro’s best trip for the foreseeable future and if he lives up to hype he could be the next Don Cossack for his owners. All roads lead to Cheltenham for this very exciting horse, their probably will be an outing at Christmas to Leopardstown before being put away for the greatest show on earth, the Cheltenham Festival. He may well be going across the Irish sea as one of the Irish bankers of the week. I for one cannot wait to see him run again.


ROGER TEAL - RICHARD WILLIAMS TALKS TO TOP UK TRAINER How long have you been involved in racing? My mum held a permit when I was growing up, so I have always been involved from a young age and I started riding out at the age of 12 How did you get into racing & how would you describe your training style? I got into racing through Mum and went to work for John Jenkins in Lower Beading at the age of 15. And as for my training style, I like to be patient with my horses What is the current breakdown of horses in the yard? (Chasers/Hurdlers/Bumpers/Flat) We currently have 2 bumper horses, 5 Hurdlers, 1 that is duel hurdles and chase and 14 flat runners. One of which may do hurdling as well. What is a typical day in the Teal yard? Up at 5.30am to feed lads arrive at 6.30am. We all muck out including me list of lots sorted and first lot pulls out around 7.45am, after 2nd lot we stop for a cuppa. Then it is onto the 3rd and 4th lots, which are done and back to the yard, normally done by 12pm. We are back at 4pm where all the horses are mucked out, brushed off, feet greased, hayed and watered They are fed around 5.45pm If we have runners I will mostly drive the Horsebox What has been your most memorable day as a trainer? I have had a number of memorable days. Winning twice in Dubai and the Group 3 Darley stakes at Newmarket and my son Harry riding winners for me, especially when he won the veterans hurdle on Howaboutnever at Newbury. Is Harry the stable jockey or do you have others? Harry rides all my jumpers if he isn’t required by his boss Do you give Harry race instructions, or do you leave it to him? We always have a plan A but plan B’s down to him If you could train any horse, PAST or PRESENT who would it be & why? Rock of Gibraltar because he was such a tough horse or Giants Causeway because he was tough and genuine and those type of horses make life a little easier Can you give our readers a couple of horses to follow for the season? Flat performer - Tip Two Win, who may be heading to Qatar in December and jumping star, Agincourt Reef. He done us proud last season and has just come back in after a nice summer break.


COLIN KEANE - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CHAMPION JOCKEY Tell us about yourself and how you got involved in racing? From Trim, Co Meath, my dad is a trainer so was always involved in horses from a young age, started off show jumping and hunting and then in my young teens I started pony racing until I was old enough to get my license. Being champion jockey what does it mean to you? Obviously, it means the world to me as it would any jockey, with the work the team and myself put in I’m delighted it has come in my grasp. You have put the massive effort in this season but was it stressful? Yes at times Most memorable victory? My first group 1 winner I had in Italy just this month was a great achievement, but I get a great kick out of my yearlings that I sold winning their maidens, like Would You Believe this year at the Curragh. Over the winter will you be staying at home or heading abroad? Staying at home Ger Lyons and you how did the partnership come about? I was riding a horse for him in an apprentice race that my agent Ruaidhri set up and I was asked to go in and ride him out before hand, and I asked if I could have a job riding out for him. If you were not a jockey what would you have been? I’ve always been interested in cooking so probably a chef, if we are talking about something outside of the racing industry. Favourite racecourse and why? Dundalk, I’ve had a lot of luck up there. Give us a few horses to watch out for at Dundalk? Bring on the Band, Beckoning, and Elegant Drama, 3 nice fillies we have for the winter series. What is your life quote or motto you live your life by? I don’t really have a motto, just take each day as it comes I suppose. Outside racing how do you chill? Hanging out with friends (and Hank, my Jack Russell , watching movies, or going out for a nice dinner.



How did you get into horse racing?

Honestly, at the moment, there are too many to I began hunting with the Sligo Harriers and Galway mention. Finians Oscar, Rapid Escape, Slate House, Posh Trish, Palmers Hill, Felix Desjy, Blazers. From there I began to ride in Point to Samcro and many others look so exciting. Of the Points aged 16 and enjoyed it until my weight older brigade, Faugheen and Special Tiara are forced me out of riding aged 19. I was fortunate heading for the Champion Hurdle and Champion enough to ride a winner over the banks course in Chase while Minella Rocco, Native River, and the Ladies Cup at the Punchestown Festival and rode a double at Sligo the day I gave up which was others could go the Gold Cup route. Yorkhill, Road To Respect, Death Duty, Outlander and others are a special day. I then took up writing and commentating and continued my involvement with also high class. the sport. In 2002 I started p2p.ie and this further drew me into the sport. In 2012 I joined the Board What do you make of the courses in Northern of Tattersalls Ireland. Ireland? Can you give us any Point to Point Horses to follow for the season ahead?

I absolutely love coming racing in Northern Ireland – either track or point to point. On the track Down I was a big fan of Finians Oscar when he won and Royal and Downpatrick do an exceptional job he has done the sport proud since. Slate House engaging with locals and filling the venues for all made a massive impression when winning at sorts of cards. Their attention to detail and Tattersalls last December and is now two from two professionalism along with their ability to create a this season. I'm waiting to see Battleoverdoyen run great atmosphere is something special. The for Gordon Elliott as he looked impressive in Northern point to point scene is very enjoyable and winning at Loughanmore and a horse called Mr I've been covering it for almost 20 years now. It Lingo was impressive at Dromahane. Both will be in brings such a mix of southerners along with the core Northern group which really adds to the the Gigginstown silks and look above average. Is there a former Point to Point Horse to follow competitiveness and atmosphere. this season?


RICHARD PUGH - JAME LINDSEY HAS AN EXCLUSIVE WITH P2P GURU .How did you come to be a commentator? When I gave up riding aged 19 I wanted to stay involved with the sport. As I was involved in the running of Sligo Point to Point I decided to try it in 1997 and from there I was asked to do a few more. I've covered many Irish racecourses and do almost all Down Royal meetings. I have covered many UK courses including Royal Ascot for William Hill and have more recently been working with RTE on Radio and TV which is a great opportunity to call the best races run in Ireland each year. I thoroughly enjoy commentating on races at every level flat and NH. If there was one change you could make in racing what would it be? I would increase prize money for Graded races and reduce it for Handicaps. When prize money gets too high for our handicaps we encourage top owners to target them and force the ratings bands higher out of reach for the smaller owner. Grade 1 is the elite of the sport whether it be hurdles or fences and should attract the highest purse for the best horses. Every other sport rewards their elite winners the most and I think racing would have a better balance if it did the same. Ironically I think less money for handicaps would reward the smaller man more. My personal favourite horses? I was always a fan of Best Mate as I called his maiden point to point in 1999 and watched him go on to win three Gold Cups. Denman was the one horse I never got to call that I would have loved to – at his best he was awesome.


THE BETTING SYSTEMS - WITH OUR RESIDENT GURU ROGER HAWKES Two contrasting systems this month for you all. This first system sounds complicated but with a few days practice becomes second nature and fans of the placepot can use this method as a way of finding their selections. The second All Weather system is amongst the easiest I have brought to you but one of the most effective in terms of the number of winners! SYSTEM ONE First we have the Form Figures, (use current seasons form only) from the last three runs award 3 points if a horse has at least one win and 2 places so for example form figures such as 111, 213,112, 311 etc receive 3 points. (Placed meaning in the first 3) 2 points are awarded for 2 wins from the last 3 runs, the 2 wins can be in any order, 141, 811, 117, so even if the last run was unplaced but 2 wins came before it, award 2 points. Award 1 point for a win last time out but previous runs contain a placed effort and/or unplaced run, such as, 421, 001, 251 etc. 1 point is given for 3 placed efforts, 222, 232, 333 etc. Next look at the betting forecast, 2 points for the forecast Favourite if joint favourites award both 2 points, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the betting each receive 1 point each. The Tips of your newspapers main tipsters each receive 1 point and Naps 2 points. The horses noted as distance winners each receive 1 point. The top-rated horse using the ratings to the left of the race card gets 1 point With the ratings done we have narrowed down the field to just 2 runners, there is ample room to apply your betting style when selecting from either the Top Rated or 2nd rated runner. What we have done is root out the very best of the Papers selections for the day. This process provides a structure to your betting and although there is no substitute for form study, the Tipsters would have done this for us. You can choose to rate every race being run that day or go straight to your favourite type of race. SYSTEM TWO In all-weather handicap races at Kempton, Lingfield and Wolverhampton, look for horses who are carrying a penalty having won by more than two lengths last time. This may sound too simple to be effective – but follow this system and just see for yourself!


DANNY MULLINS - EXCLUSIVE Q&A WITH LEADING IRISH JOCKEY Danny’s grandfather, Paddy Mullins, is a legendary figure in Irish racing having plied his trade as a trainer for over 50 years with great success, with perhaps his most well-known horse being the legendary Dawn Run. Two of Danny’s uncles, Willie and Tom Mullins, are highly-regarded trainers as well, with the former being the reigning Champion National Hunt Trainer. His father, Tony Mullins, is also a successful trainer, having saddled Pedrobob to win at the 2007 Cheltenham Festival, and his mother, Mags, is a very capable trainer in her own right. With all of this to consider, one would excuse Danny if he were to creak under the pressure of expectations but to his credit he has rose to the occasion and unquestionably has made his own mark on the horse racing scene. Mullins learned his trade on pony racing scene, riding no less than 126 winners. Such was the dint he made on that circuit, he and his family took the brave decision for him to leave school at the age of 15 and sign up as an apprentice with Jim Bolger, who has tutored the likes of Tony McCoy and Paul Carberry in the early stages of their careers.

Favourite horse Our Conor Declaring Wind operations? Waste of time, flooding the industry with useless information, most wind ops don’t work Best chaser or hurdler? Best hurdler is Faugheen the best chaser is up for grabs nothing standing out at the moment Would you be interested in training or breeding when your done with the saddle? I already breed a few so I might keep that up, training is very stressful I’ll steer clear of it for a long time With Ruby injured will you be hoping for a few mounts? Hopefully I’ll get a few spares at some stage but it’s Paul Townsend's jackpot Give us a few horses to follow Danny: Debucet and Young Wolf, 2 exciting 4yr olds from my mother’s yard Hobbies outside horse racing? Danny: Watching Netflix drinking tea and eating chocolate and then swimming to work off the chocolate


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What have been your biggest achievements? Been riding successfully for 10 years, the 1000 guineas was my biggest success so fair. How did you get into racing? The school I went to were big into they introduced me. Most Memorable victory? Winning the Guineas How do you keep motivated? Just the will to win and be successful keeps you motivated. How are you finding it as a Freelance? It’s good I get to see a lot more yards and ride a lot more for a variety of trainers. Give us a few horses to follow? Twenty minutes. Lappily, Timia, Your Pal Tal. Favourite racecourse? I really enjoy Dundalk. It’s been a very Lucky track for me. Have you ever been targeted online by trolls? Yep I have. These always the few guys that like to blame the jockey. Bar stool jockeys. It’s doesn’t bother me makes me laugh actually. Outside racing, how do you relax? I love hunting and shooting that’s my down time.